Coronavirus death toll in Turkey surpasses 44 victims

Two men wearing masks walk on Galata Bridge, in nearly empty because of concerns against spreading the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 March 2020. EPA-EFE/TOLGA BOZOGLU

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Turkey confirmed seven more deaths from coronavirus on late Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 44.

A total of 3,952 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours on people suspected of contracting the virus, and 343 tested positive, bringing the tally of infections to 1,872, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

“How many people [contracted the virus]? In 195 countries, this question is asked every day. Although we have losses, it is not late for Turkey,” he said, stressing that one of the patients was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and the other fatalities were elderly.

Turkey decided to halt public events, temporarily shut down schools and suspend sporting events in an attempt to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus.

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